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Wake Up to a Solution for Sleep Apnea Ask Dr. Snow Peterson About a Sleep Study Today. Many people who struggle to get a restful night’s sleep are unaware that a serious health problem may be keeping them up. Sleep apnea, which affects 18 million Americans, is a disorder that causes breathing to repeatedly pause during sleep. Sleep apnea is linked to major health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, obesity and coronary heart diseases. Often, sleep apnea goes undiagnosed since it is difficult to detect during a routine doctor’s office visit. What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea affects the way you breathe when you’re sleeping. In untreated sleep apnea, breathing is briefly interrupted or becomes very shallow during sleep. These breathing pauses typically last between 10 to 20 seconds and can occur up to hundreds of times a night, jolting you out of your natural sleep rhythm. This chronic sleep deprivation results in daytime sleepiness, slow reflexes, poor concentration, and an increased risk of accidents. Sleep apnea can also lead to serious health problems over time, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and weight gain. Types of Sleep Apnea Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway, often causing you to snore loudly. Central sleep apnea is a much less common type of sleep apnea that involves the central nervous system, occurring when the brain fails to signal the muscles that control breathing. People with central sleep apnea seldom snore. Complex sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea Medical Treatment Options Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure (CPAP) Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure (CPAP) is the most common treatment for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. In many cases, you’ll experience immediate symptom relief and a huge boost in your mental and physical energy. The CPAP device is a mask-like machine that provides a constant stream of air that keeps your breathing passages open while you sleep. Most CPAP devices are the size of a tissue box. If pauses occur while you snore, and if choking or gasping follow the pauses, these are major signs that you have sleep apnea. Other symptoms may include: • Morning headaches • Memory or learning problems and not being able to concentrate Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BPAP) • Feeling irritable, depressed, or having mood swings or personality changes Bilevel positive airway pressure (BPAP) devices can be used for those who are unable to adapt to using CPAP, or for central sleep apnea sufferers who need assistance for a weak breathing pattern. This device automatically adjusts the pressure while you’re sleeping, providing more pressure when you inhale, less when you exhale. Some BPAP devices also automatically deliver a breath if it detects you haven’t taken one for a certain number of seconds. • Waking up frequently to urinate • Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea Adaptive Servo-Ventilation (ASV) Treatments for central and complex sleep apnea usually include: • Treating the underlying medical condition causing the apnea, such as a heart or neuromuscular disorder • Using supplemental oxygen while you sleep • Using breathing devices that will also manage obstructive sleep apnea Adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) devices can be used for treating central sleep apnea as well as obstructive sleep apnea. The ASV device stores information about your normal breathing pattern and automatically uses airflow pressure to prevent pauses in your breathing while you’re asleep. Surgical Treatment Options If you have exhausted other apnea treatment options, you may want to discuss surgical options with your doctor or sleep specialist. The surgeon may remove tonsils, adenoids, or excess tissue at the back of the throat or inside the nose. Or the surgeon may reconstruct the jaw to enlarge the upper airway. Surgery carries risks of complications and infections, and in some rare cases, symptoms can become worse after surgery. Learn More CALL 800-540-3611 Learn how to put a stop to nighttime problems and improve the quality of your rest, and with it, the quality of your life. TO TAKE THE FIRST STEPS IN GETTING A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP. Snow Peterson, DO, is a board-certified sleep medicine expert and is expanding her services via telehealth, a face-to-face visit powered by technology, to Adventist Health St. Helena.